2004-07-03 Ancestor Dongshan: Always close to this.
Sometimes in zen, we ask these strange questions like, "What is Buddha?" This is a strange question. There's a multitude of answers, of course. But, mainly, that question is about the main thing. What's the main thing? The main thing, of course, is not one particular thing. It's also not everything . . . all things. It's what's at the tip of your nose right now, whatever that happens has to be. What's right under your feet, or right in your heart. Or rising up in the midst of your life right now.
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